Justice J K Omotosho of the Federal High Court Kano, Thursday, convicted a school teacher, Idris Buhari, and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretence.
The convict, who was prosecuted on a three count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was arrested following a complaint by Abdullahi Salisu Muhammad alleging that he gave the convict the sum of N500,000.00 for the processing of Hajj ticket in April, 2012.
He was alleged to have presented himself as a registered travelling agent.
But the convict allegedly diverted the funds to his personal use and all efforts to recover the money or get the ticket were futile.
Part of the charge reads, “that you Idris Buhari sometime in April 2012 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court with intend to defraud did obtain the sum of N500,000.00 cash from one Abdullahi Salisu Muhammad on the pretence that you are a registered travel agent licensed to provide visa and tickets for intending travelers for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1a, (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2016 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.
He pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him. Justice Omotosho consequently convicted and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment.
The convict however received an option of N200, 000.00 fine considering the fact that he had refunded N500,000.00 to the victim